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I got a chuckle out of the “bikini brouhaha in Brooklyn” this week, as JTA dubbed this sexy protest of New York City’s decision to pull revealing ads from ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhoods:

To avoid upsetting some local Chasidic communities, New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority has banned Georgi Vodka ads featuring scantily ad women from appearing on buses that pass through certain Brooklyn neighborhoods. That sparked a protest Tuesday by some scantily clad women outside MTA headquarters.

Fox News has more on this story.

Good thing it’s summer (though not so much in Seattle these days)! Also, I couldn’t help but wonder: what would Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, a Jewish New Yorker, have said if asked about this at her confirmation hearing earlier this week? The situation does concern the First Amendment, after all, and her charming “Borscht Belt” sense of humor, as Politics Daily’s David Gibson explains, would certainly have come in handy…

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Updated at 2:45 p.m. EST: Beliefnet’s Rabbi Brad Hirschfield has also blogged about this for On Faith. 

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